All four service branches and the U.S. Coast Guard offer financial assistance for voluntary, off-duty education programs in support of service members’ personal and professional goals. The program is open to officers, warrant officers and enlisted active-duty service personnel. In addition, members of the National Guard and Reserve Components may be eligible for TA based on their service eligibility. To be eligible for TA, an enlisted service member must have enough time remaining in service to complete the course for which he or she has applied. After the completion of a course, an officer using TA must fulfill a service obligation that runs parallel with – not in addition to – any existing service obligation.
Coverage amounts and limits
The Tuition Assistance Program may fund up to 100% of your TVCC tuition and certain fees with the following limits
- Not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour or $166 per quarter credit hour
- Not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year, Oct. 1 through Sept. 30
Tuition Assistance Benefits and Restrictions
Tuition assistance will cover the following expenses:
- Course-specific fees such as laboratory fees or online course fees
Please note: All fees must directly relate to the specific course enrollment of the service member.
Tuition assistance will not cover the following expenses:
- Books and course materials
- Taking the same course twice
- Continuing education units, or CEUs
Keep in mind that TA will not fund your TVCC courses, and you will have to reimburse any funds already paid if any of the following situations occur:
- Leaving the service before the course ends
- Withdrawing from the course for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer, or mission requirements
- Failing the course
Steps To Use The Tuition Assistance (TA) Program At TVCC
- Following the application form and procedures identified by your branch of service:
- Army/National Guard
- Marine Corps
- Air Force
- Once your application is approved, then send your approval documentation to TVCC’s Veterans Affairs Office at Veterans@tvcc.edu
- After completing the admissions onboarding process, email the TVCC Advising Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an advising appointment and register for your courses
- If at any time, you determine you are not able to start the course or complete the course, inform the TVCC Veterans Affairs Office at Veterans@tvcc.edu so your account can be updated.
Policy on Return of Unearned Tuition Assistance (TA)
The Department of Defense (DoD) Memorandum of Understanding requires TVXX to return unearned Military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds on a prorated basis through 60% of an academic course. TVCC will not return any TA funds once a student completes 60% of an academic course.
We recommend that students contact the Veterans office before withdrawing from a TA funded academic course to determine how this policy could impact TA and potential repayment obligations of the student.
TVCC will use the class day the withdrawal was submitted and divide that number by the number of days in the term to determine the percentage of course completion and the amount the college must return to the military branch.
Example: The student enrolled in a course that is 111 days in length ad submitted the withdrawal on the 45th class day. The college determines the percentage of earned TA by performing the following calculation: 45 divided by 111 equals 40.5%. Therefore, the student earns 41% of the authorized TA, and 59% of the authorized TA is returned to the military service. The service member will be notified as to owed money because the college has returned the appropriate amount to the military service. Funds returned to the military service may result in a balance on the service member account, which they will be responsible for paying in accordance with TVCC refund policy.
Use of Military TA with Financial Aid and VA Education Benefits
Military TA can be used concurrently with both financial aid and VA education benefits if eligibility exists. Per DoD rules, Military TA cannot be used with the Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve Program (CH1606). Students should submit their FAFSA to be considered for federal and/or state financial aid and discuss eligibility with a Financial Aid Officer II and for VA education benefits speak with the VA School Certifying Official (SCO). Students who qualify for PELL grants and/or VA education benefits will have their Military TA benefits applied to their account prior to the application of their PELL grant funds and their VA education benefits.
Patsey Richardson (SCO)
School Certifying Official
Financial Aid Office
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org